African Birdseye Chile Powder - Certified Organic


From the Capsicum frutescens species, our Ground Birdseye Chile (also commonly spelled as Bird’s Eye Chile or Birds Eye Chile) is closely related to the fiery hot tabasco chile. For hundreds of years it has been grown wild throughout Africa wild but in more recent times it has also been commercially harvested in Australia, Malawi, Uganda and Zimbabwe. The African Birdseye Chile is also called African devil, Monbassa chile, African Chile or Zanzibar chile.

There are many wild chiles that have the word "bird" in their names so distinguishing among them can be difficult. Most of the grown in the wild bird peppers come from the four species Capsicum annuum, Capsicum baccatum, Capsicum chinense, and Capsicum.frutescens. The Texas chilipiquin and the Mexican chiltepin are the best known bird peppers.

The immature Birdseye fruit is green in color and when fully ripened this chile turns a brilliant red. The African Birdseye chile is typically between ½” and 1” in length and tapers to a blunt point.

The African Birdseye Chile, specifically the variety harvest in Uganda, is believed by many to be the hottest chile that is not a member of the legendary C. Chinense species and tips the Scoville Heat (SHU) scale at 100,000-225,000. Due to their potent heat levels many of these African chiles are harvested and processed for commercial use as a pepper extract. It is also common for Ground Birdseye Chiles to be sold as a super hot cayenne chile powder.

Birdseye Chiles lack the flavor complexities of some of the more popular chiles but are known for their clean flavor with undertones of dry hay and they have a nice kick. So they are generally used more for providing heat to a dish and not flavor.

Helpful Hint: Use great caution when handling this ground chile because of their heat, do not rub your eyes or nose and be sure to wash your hands when you’re done. Commonly used in soups, stews, chicken dishes, hot sauces and they are a key ingredient in our top selling African blend Harissa.


CERTIFIED ORGANIC: Certification is your guarantee that this product has been grown and processed according to strict guidelines established in the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990. Before a product can be labeled Certified Organic, farmers and processors must meet the following requirements:
No harmful chemicals have been applied to the land for at least three years.
Farmers and processors pass yearly inspections by an independent certifying agency.
Farmers and processors keep detailed records of operations.
Farmers maintain a written organic management plan.

Information contained in this shop is for educational purposes only.
This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
please be advised: you should always consult with your doctor before making any changes to your diet!!

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